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Finally, we reach the tide mark. White salt on black sand. Sea spray of fog-like proportions from the sheer pounding of the Tasman Sea. Disappearing footprints in the quicksand. Biting, whirling winds.


It reminds me of an old Crowded House song called Fingers of Love, which was incidently recorded in a house behind this beach. It captures the mood of this beach perfectly.

Voices of Angels

Blogging about Karekare has made me think of Crowded House and their wonderful album Together Alone which they recorded in a makeshift studio at the back of the beach. It is my favourite CH album because it is so atmospheric.

I went in search of live performances of songs from the album, and while doing so I discovered this gem:

It must be the one of the most poignant versions of Throw Your Arms Around Me I’ve heard, and certainly the most unique.

The kids also did this fantastic version of another CH favourite, Private Universe.

English trees in my garden

My flatmate and I went to see Crowded House on Monday night. Firstly, Augie March, a band that I’m just starting to get into, played a too short but brilliant set. The Crowdies actually took them awhile to find their feet (actually thought that night’s version of Fall At Your Feet was a bit pedestrian). Maybe it was the stupid Sydney crowd who took a really long time to warm up, but they did eventually and everyone was upstanding for the extended encore.

One of more delightful songs from the new album is English Trees, and what I didn’t notice from listening to the track on the album was that Neil Finn’s son Liam was the one doing the harmony work. Now, I knew that Liam Finn has been in bands previously and now has a solo album out, but what I didn’t realise was how closely his voice resembled his dad’s, so when they were singing the duet it was just, well, spine-tingling really.

This isn’t from Monday night, but it will give you an idea of how good they sound together.

Something just happens when blood relations sing together. I guess that’s why Neil and Tim have done some of their best work together. I hope that they get to do another album because I loved Everyone Is Here. And after hearing English Trees live, I really hope that father and son do an album together somewhere down the track too.

Yey, they turned the lights on!

Went to the Live Earth Sydney gig yesterday with 3 friends and I must say that we all enjoyed the day. The weather was behaving itself for once, putting on a pretty balmy 17C winter’s day (yes, I know that’s not winter).

Apart from Jack Johnson everyone else on the bill were Australian acts, which was good to have. Quality was a bit mixed, some acts that I expected to enjoy I just didn’t (like Wolfmother funnily enough), but the acts I did like were Missy Higgins who really has a wonderful voice and stage presence, John Butler Trio who absolutely rocked, and my sentimental favourite Crowded House who I love seeing because they have the ability to make whole stadiums break into song.

Not only that but they’re such consummate performers that they’re completely unflappable, even when the stage lights failed mid-set! Neil Finn (the singer) just commented ‘They must be making a statement’ and then encouraged everyone on the side of the stage to come on and dance and for guys to snog their girlfriends! Lol!

Though we were in the rafters we had good seats, so I got a few good shots out of it.

Here is a slideshow: